Religious Education

Our Vision

   Our Religious Education Program here at St. Patrick Parish is geared to helping each child or young person develop a personal relationship with Jesus.  Only when that relationship is established can that person then begin to understand and make sense of our rich Catholic Christian Faith.  Most important in the formation of that relationship is helping every young person to encounter Christ through prayer.  Prayer is the door that opens the mind to be able to process what our faith teaches us and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus in our world.
     As parents of your child, you have a central role in helping foster this relationship with the Lord by bringing your family to Sunday Mass every week, praying with your children at home, and going over the content of your child's religious education material with them.  Only by taking an active interest in their faith formation will they come to see the invaluable treasure that is our faith.  Faith is not something we do, but our lived relationship with the Lord Jesus.  We must live this faith not as individuals but as one parish family.

One Faith, Two Models of Formation

     We are blessed to be able to offer faith formation under two models: both in the traditional classroom setting as well as through the Montessori-based curriculum of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Depending on your child's gifts and talents, you may choose to enroll your child in either program.  Regardless of the catechetical method, children will celebrate their Sacraments of Initiation together with the whole parish family.  See the sidebar for more information on each curriculum.

Ministry Assistance

     Faith Formation is an ongoing process involving the entire family. We are always in need of assistance.  When registereing your child for religious education, please indicate on the Registration Form the areas in which you may be able to assist in this ministry. We will be sure to use your talents at the same day and time as your child/children's religious education activities.  We need and welcome your help!

  • Full Time Catechist (do not pay tuition)
  • Assistant Catechist (pay half tuition)
  • Substitute Catechist
  • Babysit for Catechists during class
  • Babysit during religious ed meetings
  • Hospitality (set up, serve, clean up at receptions following First Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation)
  • Prepare food for religious ed meetings


Registration
     
Please click here to register for religious education online.  You will have the option to submit payment online or to pay by check at the end of the registration process.  Click here if you wish to download a pdf version of the registration form and mail it in to the parish office with your payment.  Registrations and payments should be mailed to St. Patrick Parish, 40 School Street, Newport, NH  03773.
       If your child is preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion or Confirmation this year, please take care to fulfill additional these steps:

1. In addition to filling out and submitting the Faith Formation Registration Form above, please fill out the appropriate Sacramental Intake Form as well.  For First Holy Communion, click here.  For Confirmation, click here.
 
2. If your child was baptized in a parish other than St. Patrick, you will need to request a recent copy of his or her Baptismal Certificate from the parish in which he or she was baptized.  It must be impressed with the parish seal and may not be dated prior to June 1, 2017.

3. Sponsors of Confirmation candidates from other parishes must submit Certificates of Eligibility from their pastors at the start of the Religious Education year.  A Certificate of Eligibility is the statement of the sponsor's pastor that he or she is eligible to act as a sponsor for a sacrament.  This means that the individual being considered must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), if married, the marriage has been celebrated in the Catholic Church, and that he or she regularly practices his or her faith by worshiping at Holy Mass every Sunday.  

     Please direct any questions you may have regarding registration requirements to the Director of Religious Education.  

2017-2018 Religious Education Calendars

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level I, Ages 3-6 & Level II, Ages 6-9

Regular classes will be held on the following Fridays at Assumption Hall from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, with exceptions listed below:

September 29 - First Class of the Year
October 6 - Columbus Day, NO CLASS
October 13 - Class Fatima Celebration* 
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10 – Veteran's Day, NO CLASS
November 17 
November 24 – Thanksgiving, NO CLASS
December 1
December 8
December 15
December 22 – Christmas Break, NO CLASS
December 29 -  Christmas Break, NO CLASS
January 5
January 12
January 19
January 26

February 2
February 9
February 16 
February 23 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
March 2
March 3 - 9AM Reconciliation Retreat*
March 9
March 10 - 9AM First Reconciliation*
March 16
March 23
March 30 - Good Friday, NO CLASS
April 6 - Easter Break, NO CLASS

April 13 
April 20
April 27
May 4 – Final Class of the Year
May 5 - 9AM First Communion Retreat*
May 6 - 10AM First Communion*

Important Dates for Level II

*October 13, 2018 - Class Fatima Celebration, then 6PM Mass, 7PM Candlelight Procession, 8PM Reception
*March 3, 2018 - First Reconciliation Retreat will be held at Assumption Hall from 9AM to 12AM. 
*March 10, 2018 - First Reconciliation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 9AM.
*May 5, 2018 - First Communion retreat & rehearsal will be held at Assumption Hall from 9AM to 12AM.
*May 6, 2018 - First Communion will be celebrated at St. Joachim Church at 10AM.


Elementary School CCD
Grades 1-8

Regular classes will be held on the following Fridays at Assumption Hall from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, with exceptions listed below:

September 29 - First Class of the Year
October 6 - Columbus Day, NO CLASS
October 13 - Class Fatima Celebration*
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10 – Veteran's Day, NO CLASS
November 17 
November 24 – Thanksgiving, NO CLASS
December 1
December 8
December 15
December 22 – Christmas Break, NO CLASS
December 29 -  Christmas Break, NO CLASS
January 5
January 12
January 19
January 26

February 2
February 9
February 16 
February 23 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
March 2
March 3 – 9AM Reconciliation Retreat*
March 9
March 10 - 9 AM First Reconciliation*
March 16
March 23
March 30 - Good Friday, NO CLASS
April 6 – Easter Break, NO CLASS
April 13
April 20
April 27
May 4 – Final Class of the Year
May 5 – 9AM First Communion Retreat*
May 6 - 10AM First Communion*

Important Dates for 2nd Grade

*October 13, 2017 - Class Fatima Celebration, then 6PM Mass, 7PM Candlelight Procession, 8PM Reception
*March 3, 2018 - First Reconciliation retreat will be held at Assumption Hall from 9AM to 12PM.
*March 10, 2018 - First Reconciliation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 9AM.
*May 5, 2018 - First Communion retreat & rehearsal will be held at Assumption Hall from 9AM to 12PM.
*May 6, 2018 - First Communion will be celebrated at St. Joachim Church at 10AM.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CCD
Grades 9 & 10

Regular classes will be held on the following Sundays at Assumption Hall from 5:00 to 6:30PM, with exceptions listed below:

October 15 - Parent Night*
October 22 - Sponsor Night*
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19 
November 26 – Thanksgiving, NO CLASS
December 3
December 10
December 17
December 24 – Christmas, NO CLASS
December 31 - Christmas, NO CLASS
January 7
January 14
January 21
January 28
February 4

February 11
February 16&17 - Confirmation Retreat*
February 18 - NO CLASS after retreat
February 25 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25 
April 1 - Easter, NO CLASS
April 8
April 15 
April 22
April 29
May 6
May 13 – Mother's Day, NO CLASS
May 20 – 6PM Confirmation Rehearsal*
May 21 - 7PM Confirmation*

Important Dates for 10th Grade

*October 15, 2017 - Parents should make every effort to attend this class with the candidates.
*October 22, 2017 -  All sponsors should make every effort to attend this class with the candidates.
*February 16&17, 2018 - Confirmation retreat will be held at Assumption Hall on Friday, February 16 from 6:30PM to 9:15PM and on Saturday, February 17 from 8:30AM to 6:00PM.  Attendance is required.  
*May 20, 2018 - Confirmation rehearsal will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, New London at 6PM.  Candidates and Sponsors must attend.
*May 21, 2018 - Confirmation will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church, New London at 7:00PM.

 

Sessions
     All classes take place at Assumption Hall

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3-9) |Fridays, 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Elementary School CCD (Grades 1- 8) |Fridays, 3:30-5 P.M.
High School CCD (Grades 9-10) |Sundays, 5:00-6:30 P.M.

Tuition

1-3 children $75.00 per child
4+ children: $250.00

Make checks payable to: St. Patrick Parish or submit payment online.

Curricula

Classroom Model
Our classroom sessions for grades 1-8 use the Alive in Christ series published by Our Sunday Visitor.  What makes this series significant is that it invites the children to hear God’s invitation to a personal relationship through his Word, helps them discover and learn the Church’s teaching in precise theological language, and teaches them how to live as Catholic disciples.  The unique catechetical process in Alive in Christ intentionally mirrors the Divine Pedagogy—forming Catholic identity and leading children and families to understand and live a life of discipleship.  Check out the video below to see Alive in Christ in action.

Grade 9 is a preparatory year for Confirmation Class in Grade 10.  These students are immersed in the woderful presentations of Matthew Kelly's Decison Point.  Matthew Kelly is a motivational speaker, author, business consultant, and founder of Dynamic Catholic.  He created Decision Point to engage young Catholics in a meaningful conversation about the genius of Catholicism and the blessing of deciding to follow Jesus.

Grade 10 is Immediate Preparation for Confirmation.  Life Teen's One Eight program is used to facilitate our young people's understanding and experience of the Holy Spirit who will seal them with His seven-fold gifts when they receive the Sacrament.  The goal of this preparation is transformation, not graduation.  It is about making life-long disciples ready to receive the strenghtening gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation so they are ready to live their faith, witness to Jesus, and go forth to make disciples in the world.

Steubenville East is Life Teen's summer youth gathering.  Although not required as part of Confirmation preparation, we highly encourage all young people beginning in the ninth grade to experience  this gathering of thousands of young people from all over New England to celebrate their faith and deepen their relationship with the Lord.

 

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